On Friday, Detective Pikachu earned $20.7 million while Endgame made $16.060. This was the first day since the Marvel film debuted that it wasn’t the highest-grossing film in theaters.
Overall, Endgame still came out on top this weekend making $65 million while the Pokemon film made $58 million, which is still impressive.
“I’m giddy,” Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein, said to Variety. “This is a big weekend for ‘Detective Pikachu.’”
He added that it’s rare for a film adapted from a video game to do so well in theaters.
“It worked because of the lighthearted nature of the film,” Goldstein said. “You don’t need to be a Pokemon fan to see the movie.”
Detective Pikachu had a big debut at the box office but The Pokémon Company was not a big fan of one scene in particular that took place during the film.
Erik Nordby, the visual effects supervisor, and Ravi Bansal, the film’s art director revealed how they made that creepy, gross scene with Lickitung work.
“We built that tongue in reality with a big chunk of latex,” Nordby explains. “It’s completely gross, but we had to have something to wipe Justice Smith’s face with [the actor gets licked by Lickitung in one scene].”
He also goes on to share that the Lickitung scene was not one the company was too fond of.
“For something to feel real, it has to have real world grit and texture. But the Pokémon Company would see that and think it was dirty. We had to walk them through a whole series of slides and build the trust that we weren’t going to make these things disturbingly dirty.
I wouldn’t say that [the scene with Lickitung] was the Pokémon Company’s favorite scene in the movie. That’s one where we got right up to the edge of what they would be comfortable with.”
You can catch a quick glimpse of the scene in the film’s trailer, below.
As for Endgame, two writers just came out to reveal the hardest part of writing one of the biggest films of all time.
The pair also recently opened up about the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where viewers find out that Captain America’s love interest, Peggy Carter, is married with two children.
The writers have now explained that the man she was married to was Captain America himself and the kids are his. The idea is that she married Captain America from the main MCU timeline prior to him going `back in time at the end of the movie.
Although future plans are not set-in-stone, McFeely says that it was their “intention that he was always the father of those two children.”
“There is some conversation to be had on this,” he continued. “Quantum physics works in interesting ways, and what Marvel chooses to do is not up to us but … it was our intention that he was always the father of those two children. But again, there are time travel loopholes for that.”
The idea that the children belong to the character brings up the idea that “there are two children who have somewhat super soldier DNA,” Markus said.
You can see the Endgame trailer below.
Both Detective Pikachu and Avengers: Endgame are in theaters now.
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